UConn looking for faster starts
The first set of numbers that jump - and I do mean jump - out at me is that quarterback Bryant Shirreffs is 17 for 18 passing for 168 yards in the fourth quarter. The lone misfire was a slant attempt that was nearly hauled in by Noel Thomas against Maine.
Taking it a step further, UConn ranks 9th among 128 FBS teams with an average of 148 yards of total offense in the fourth quarter. Here's the breakdown with all the teams on the list having played two games except for Hawai'i which has three games played.
Arizona St. 37-336-9.1-5
Wash. State 49-336-6.9-4
S. Alabama 48-289-6.0-2
Ball State 37-273-7.4-3
Texas Tech 41-270-6.6-4
C. Michigan 25-258-10.3-4
A couple of notes worth mentioning. First, UConn joins Central Michigan, Louisville, Rutgers and UCLA as the only teams to average at least 125 yards of offense and less than 50 yards on defense in the fourth quarter while UConn is the only one of the 20 teams listed above not to have multiple offensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter. What all of this means tomorrow? Probably not a heck of a lot but perhaps some of you will find it interesting.
Here is a breakdown of how UConn fares in the American Athletic Conference
First quarter: 29 plays-89 yards (11th, ahead of only Tulane's 87 yards)
First half: 66 plays, 282 yards (11th , ahead of only Memphis' 172 yards)
Through three quarters: 89 plays, 420 yards (11th, ahead of only Memphis' 237 yards)
First quarter: 25 plays, 211 yards (10th, only UCF and Navy have given up more yards)
First half: 51 plays, 409 yards (10th, only SMU and East Carolina have given up more yards. UConn is last in yards per play allowed in both the first quarter and first half).
Through three quarters: 89 plays, 589 yards (8th).
Fourth quarter: 21 plays, 85 yards (3rd behind only Tulane and Memphis)